Today is the birthday of Gabriele D’Annunzio, novelist, poet, playwright, aesthete, dandy, playboy, war hero, and the first fascist dictator, who from 1919 to 1920 ruled over the Adriatic city-state of Fiume, establishing many of the political and aesthetic forms followed by Mussolini a few years later.
To learn more about D’Annunzio’s life and accomplishments, see the following works on this site:
- Hakim Bey, “March on Fiume“
- Kerry Bolton, “Gabriele D’Annunzio“
- Gabriele D’Annunzio, “Tristan and Isolde“
- Greg Johnson, “My Ten Favorite Books of 2013“
- Greg Johnson, “Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini“
- Karlheinz Weißman, “Right-Wing Anarchism” (Czech translation here)